TexasBarBooks Products Adapt to New E-filing Mandates

The TexasBarBooks staff wants to assure our customers that we have e-filing in mind when it comes to compliance with the Texas Supreme Court mandates that began rolling out on January 1, 2014.

Starting with the recent release of the Texas Guardianship Manual’s 2013 Supplement, our products will include all necessary changes, and also have form features that should ease the process of e-filing documents.

In addition, we have established a Web page that links how-to instructions in preparing our forms for e-filing. We intend to post other relevant material as it arises during the rollout period, which will run through July 1, 2016 (based on your county). We encourage you to use the comment section on this page to tell us what you need to know, and we will try to help.

E-filing instructions section in the digital product

Each new TexasBarBooks digital product will now include a PDF bookmark named “E-Filing preparation of Word forms” (as pictured). We urge all customers to become familiar with this material in order to maximize use of our forms and to fully comply with the court’s mandate.

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Space to include e-mail address

The signature block on relevant forms now includes a line for an e-mail address, a new requirement for all e-filed documents according to Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 21(f)(2).

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Removing Excess Metadata

Another vital component of e-filing is the removal of excess metadata (including personal information and hidden text) from forms before submission. We have prepared detailed instructions for removing excess metadata for both Windows and Macintosh systems. The links can be found here.

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Our technical staff is available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central time), Monday through Friday, and is always happy to assist you. Please give us a call at 1-800-204-2222 x. 1499 or 512-427-1499 or e-mail us at books@texasbar.com.

 

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